Since the acquisition of ATI, AMD is now one of world's 10 biggest chip makers. The move pushed AMD from number 15 into the eight place:
AMD chart position was driven by a 91.6 per cent increase in sales revenue between 2005 and 2006, new figures from market watcher iSuppli show. The number two player in the x86 processor arena saw its revenues rise from $3.927bn in 2005 to $7.506bn last year, largely because of the ATI purchase but also thanks to what iSuppli called "strong gains in microprocessor market share". That gave it a 2006 market share of 2.9 per cent.
Small? Certainly, but bear in mind Intel was the only chip maker with a double-digit market share and AMD's four nearest rivals - those above it in the chart - beat it only by no more than a single percentage point.
But what about Intel? Its share of the world chip market in 2006 was just 12.1 per cent. Its revenues fell 11.1 per cent between 2005 and 2006, falling from $35.466bn to $31.542bn. Blame its "bleak performance in its core PC microprocessor and flash-memory businesses", said iSuppli.